Pharmaceutical Care of People Living with Dementia

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Downloadable programme from NHS Education for Scotland (NES) which aims to develop a better understanding of the role of the healthcare teams in the early identification of dementia, signs and symptoms of the different types of dementia.

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

• Describe the investigations and clinical features used to diagnose dementia

• Recognise the signs and symptoms of the different types of dementia, describe their progression, and have an understanding of the common differential diagnoses

• Discuss the lifestyle changes that can improve the overall health of people with dementia

• Demonstrate an understanding of the medicines used to treat dementia and their place in therapy

• Describe the Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD); know the potential causes of BPSD and the management of these symptoms

• Review the risks associated with antipsychotic medicines in patients with dementia

• Anticipate and advise on treatment of commonly encountered symptoms at the end of life in dementia

• Appreciate the importance of interacting with the person in a person centred way and utilising communication

Users should recognise that this programme will refer to Scottish policies and organisations, but learning still applies to professionals based in England.

Target audience are pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, pre-registration trainees.

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